Shows to look forward to this June

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Thursday, 11 June 2015 - Last Updated on June 11, 2015

This month of June, you can look forward to the reunion of The CompanY, the theater production of BenCab’s “Sabel”, the musical version of the classic Pinoy movie “Bituing Walang Ningning”, and concert featuring iconic 70s Pinoy artists.

Manila Sound Project Dance Concert – June 12

poster_raffles_manilasoundListen to the 70s rock and pop icons and relive the glory days. Manila Sound Project Dance Concert features Sonny Parsons of Hagibis, Gary and Bob of Boyfriends, Male Rigor of VST & Co., Sampaguita, and guest Mark Mabasa & Friends.

Hagibis is an all male sing-and-dance group prominent during 1970s until the early 1980s. The group emulated the famous Village People. Hagibis is noted for hits like “Legs”, “Katawan”, “Ilagay Mo Kid”, and “Bintana”.

Boyfriends is known for hits like “Kailan”, “Pagtibok ng Puso”, “Sumayaw Sumunod”, “Bakit Labis Kitang Mahal”, “Kahit iniwan Mo”, “Bistado Na Kita”, “Araw-araw”, “Huwang Mong Pilitin”, “Salawahan”, “Ikaw Pala’y Nagtataksil”, “Bakit Umibig sa Iba”, “Dance With Me”, “Paano Ko Sasabihin”, and “Nais Kong Malaman Mo”.

VST & Co. is a disco group in the 70s. The group is said to be the pioneer of “Manila Sound”. Original members were Vic Sotto, Joey de Leon, Val Sotto, Spanky Rigor, Celse Llarina, Monet Gaskell, Male Rigor, Roger Rigor, Jun Medina, Chito Ilagan, Ben Escasa, Fred Concepcion, Boy Alcaide, and Clod Baria.

VST & Co. hits include “Awitin Mo, Isasayaw Ko”, “Swing”, “Rock, Baby, Rock”, “Kiss…Kiss”, “Salamat”, “Disco Fever”, “Puede Ba”, “You Just Don’t Care”, “Magnifica”, “Ayos Ba”, “Ano Kaya”, “Step No, Step Yes”, “The Disco Rock”, “Nahihibang”, “Mabuti Pa Nung Bata”, and “Ride on Ragsy”, and “Ayos Ba”.

SAMPAGUITA, dubbed as “Queen of Pinoy Rock,” is known for songs like “Tao”, “Laguna”, “Bonggahan”, “Easy Pare”, “Nosi Balasi”, “Kumadre”, “Crazy Tonite”, “Tara Na”, “Salamat”, “Babalik Sa Iyo”, “Sa Diyos Lamang”, “Mahilig”, and “Kinabukasan”.

Celebrate Philippine Independence Day by watching Manila Sound Project Dance Concert on June 12, 2015, 8 PM at the Grand Ballroom Fairmont Raffles Hotel.

Tickets are available online at and at all Ticketworld outlets. For more details, you can call 891-9999.

The CompanY – 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration – June 13

thecompany30The CompanY was formed in 1985 by alumni of the Ateneo College Glee Club. The band used to sing back up for pop stars of the ‘80s before becoming professional recording artists.

The band has gone through several personal changes through the years. Some members left the group and new ones were welcomed. The CompanY is currently composed of five members namely Sweet Plantado (soprano), Annie Quintos (soprano/alto), Cecile Bautista (alto), Oj Mariano (tenor), and Moy Ortiz (tenor2/bass).

The CompanY is noted for its multi-talented members. The group is made up of songwriters, vocal and instrumental arrangers, scriptwriters, image consultants, layout artists, set designers, concert and record producers, choreographers, stage directors, visual artists, voice teachers, recording coaches, studio/session singers, stage actors and workshop masters.

The group received numerous awards since 1991. In 2013, The CompanY was awarded “Best Collaboration” together with Tria Bascon for the song “With A Little Help From My Friends” and “Best World Music Recording” for the song “Pinoy Na Krismas” in the 2013 Awit Awards.

The CompanY has launched 24 albums under different record labels including Ivory Records, BMG Musiko Pilipinas and Viva Records. Hits include “Ikaw Pa Ba ‘Yan”, “Nandito Pa Rin Tayo”, “Everlasting Love”, “Now That I Have You”, “Kumusta Siya”, “Nawawala ang Puso Ko”, “Sana nga (Ikaw Na)”, “Kahit Isang Saglit”, “Hanggang sa Dulo Ng Walang Hanggan”, and “Muntik na Kitang Minahal”.

Join The CompanY as it celebrates another milestone. Watch them perform their greatest hits during their 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration on June 13, 2015, 8 PM at The Theater of Solaire.

Tickets are available online at and at all Ticketworld outlets. For more details, you can call 891-9999.

SABEL Love and Passion – June 26 – 27

SabelPeople who missed the World Gala Premiere of SABEL Love and Passion (A Musical Theater Production) at The Theater of Solaire may have another chance to watch it. The musical will have a 2-night run at Music Museum on June 26 and 27 at 8pm. Music and musical direction is by Louie Ocampo and direction, book and lyrics is by Freddie Santos.

SABEL Love and Passion features Iza Calzado and the Philippine Ballet Theater, with the special participation of Audie Gemora, Aicelle Santos, Bo Cerrudo, Antoinette Taus, and Timmy Pavino.

The musical is inspired by the subject of National Artist Benedicto Cabrera, also known as BenCab. The story revolves around a young woman who deeply loved to dance. The art of dance helped her find true meaning in life and regain her soul. The musical also highlights BenCab’s 50 years as an artist.

Tickets are available online at and at all Ticketworld outlets. For more details, you can call 891-9999. You can also get tickets at the Music Museum ticketron. For more details, you can call 721-6726.

Bituing Walang Ningning (The Musical) – June to July 2015

poster_bwn2Remember the epic scene between Dorina Pineda (Sharon Cuneta) and Lavinia Arguelles (Cherie Gil) where the latter slams the former with the line, “You’re nothing but a second rate, trying hard copy cat!”? That is one of the memorable scenes in the 1985 dramatic movie entitled “Bituing Walang Ningning”. The blockbuster movie also starred Christopher De Leon. In 2006, it was remade into a TV series featuring Sarah Geronimo, Angelika dela Cruz, and Ryan Agoncillo.

“Bituing Walang Ningning” is about Dorina Pineda, an avid fan of a popular singer named Lavinia Arguelles. When Dorina is given a chance to shine as a singer, she discovers the ugly character that hides behind the famous façade of Lavinia. The two are pitted against each other. Dorina realizes that climbing the ladder of success entails tremendous sacrifices. She discovers true love but challenges in her life and career complicate things.

Auditions (amateur and professional performers) were held last Feb. 28 to March 1, 2015 at The Plaza in Newport Mall, Resorts World Manila to find the perfect person to play the key role of Dorina Pineda. A 19-year old Leyte native named Monica Cuenco (formerly known as Monica Sacay) landed the iconic role in the theater adaptation of the film “Bituing Walang Ningning”.

Get a chance to see the musical version of that classic Pinoy movie. Bituing Walang Ningning (The Musical) will run from June to July 2015 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila in Pasay City.

Tickets are available online at and at all Ticketworld outlets. For more details, you can call 891-9999.


Photos:  Concert posters from TicketWorld.  Video c/o Youtube.

Ma. Rachel Yapchiongco (389 Posts)

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